Yesterday, the YouTube App on my Roku stopped having a “recommended” block. That was where I’d pick up most of the “stuff” I’d watch in the bedroom while doing other stuff, like making the bed (sort of happening now ;-), or sorting books on the shelves, or working on the tablet, or… It tended to have a pretty good set of Real News sites with a modest centrist / right leaning. Folks like Tim Pool, Dr. Turley, Bongino, and more.
Now I could still scroll down through several pages to the “stuff you watched before” lists and try to dig them out… Instead, I decided to just add them to the bookmarks on my browser… I also decided to add some music videos (thus my musical posting…). So last night for about 6 hours, I just looked at lists of shows on the Roku YouTube channel and found / bookmarked those makers on the browser.
In the bedroom, the Odroid N2 (running plain Armbian) is also connected to the TV. I’m typing this using it. When, for some reason, I want a computer “pronto” without going to another room, or when the Tablet is too small and slow, or if the Office Computers are tied up doing something (like that 24 hour Gentoo build…), I’ll use this one. It can run video full speed to a full screen (or at least the 720p of the TV nominally and usually the 1080p that it seems to do when asked – but hard to tell due to screen size and distance). So why use the Roku?…
What I decided was that since the Roku does NOT let me set bookmarks on the Roku, and YouTube likes to play with the algorithm to prevent me from watching wat I want, I’d just use the browser on the N2 and gain more complete control. It’s all of one remote click away…
Oddly, the Roku in the living room, where very few political channels are watched and where the spouse watches things like Disney and Latin Mass… it still does have a “recommended” line showing in the YouTube. Go figure… (I’ll wait ;-)
Now, just to see if things had reverted, I launched the Roku YouTube again. Nope, no “recommended”. I ran down to the “new uploads” line and there was a “Salty Cracker” Video. Oh Yeah, I forgot to add “Salty Cracker”! So off to add him to my browser bookmarks. His video, however, said he is taking a week off from YouTube. Why? Yet Another Bogus Ban.
He was my source for the fact that Kyle’s lawyer was suing Biden. THAT video got a “strike” for “advocating violence” when it did not. He has a “story of woe” wherein his 2nd appeal got the video restored, but was pissed. So he’s “self banning” and only putting this week’s stuff up on an alternative platform.
Sidebar On F-Bombs:
The reason I’ve not mentioned Salty before, or included his video in a posting is simply because he liberally “salts” his videos with lots of F-Bombs and suggestions as to what might need sucking, biting, or eating… So BE ADVISED SALTY IS VERY ADULT CONTENT AND NSFW!
OK, back at videos…
He mentioned some video site he was going to. It took me a while to find it, as it is not spelled as it sounds.
So I’ve gone there, book marked it, and watched the latest (non-YouTube) video. I’ll now be watching my Salty videos there instead of on the Roku:YouTube or even the Browser:Youtube.
Similarly, Crowder has a “piss on YouTube” closer to his Morning Mug Club videos where only party of the show goes on YouTube and the rest is on another alternative platform. Bitchute I think. I’ll need to pay attention next time and add that link to my bookmarks. I did find something on D.Tube that looks like it, but may need some kind of login:
Slowly I’m building up a set of bookmarks for non-YouTube video services. As of now, whenever I’m looking for one of my “usual shows”, it will start with the browser and bookmarks. As others show up on the Roku, I’ll add them to the bookmarks and that traffic, too, will exit Roku / YouTube. Some, like StarTrek Continues may only be on YouTube, but that’s OK.
In short, my bedroom TV is now only partly going to run the Roku. Most of it will come via alternative sites and the computer. I’m also going to be testing my other boards to find out which one is best for the living room TV. May as well get them both done. I have the hardware and software, just “some assembly required” ;-)
What happens when / IF the Roku:YouTube “recommended” line returns? Probably not much. I’ve moved. This is more selective and more under my control. I see no reason to ever move back. I’ll still use the Roku:YouTube but only at the bare minimum edge when I’m too lazy to boot up the computer or want to check on any preferred programs I’ve missed in the move.
FWIW, here’s a few “alternative video” sources I’ve added to my video bookmarks this morning:
https://dlive.tv/TheSaltyCracker where he does his live feeds. I need to explore what other folks have live feeds there. Crowder maybe?
https://www.bitchute.com/channel/s7sIruG9mgWl/ I’m pretty sure Sargon of Akkad and some others have BitChute channels too. Again, a bit of judicious searching needed.
https://d.tube/ Small at the moment, but that makes it easier to find the YouTube Refugees you are looking for ;-)
More academic / educational oriented.
https://www.dailymotion.com/us Looks kind of Newsy / Magazine oriented, but really, I’ve not gone down the rabbit hole there yet…
I know there are others. As I think of them I’ll add links here. For now, it’s just what I ran into this morning.
So I’ve reached my own “Piss On YouTube” moment. I was comfortable with their mild abuse of the Roku App as my “recommended” line continued to give me a reasonable selection of things I’d liked and watched. Everyday Astronaut for SpaceX launches / explosions. Scott Manley for rocket details and history. Several Fan Movie Trek series. Lots of Center / Right clean news sources (Tim Pool and others) and the odd morning Mug Club with my coffee (and a whole lot more… dozens… it will take me a while to get them all remembered and bookmarked)
But one by one some channels were deleted and others were de-ranked, so I’d have to search for them to get them. Akkad. Infowars (that I’d taken to checking on at their web site with my tablet). Lately Bongino is rarely in the recommended. Also ALL the folks live streaming the Riots in Portland, D.C., Seattle, etc. have gone POOF! from recommendations (though I could get them via a search). And now the whole recommended line is gone.
So “Why Bother?”.
As of now, my last 2 days YouTube use has dropped about 75% and what was done was largely just “find and move to bookmark.” The next few days will be more “Identifying alternative sources, finding favorites, and adding bookmarks”
I’ll be sitting with my Tech Notepad (where I record system builds and such for creating scripts and postings) when I do watch TV and noting any “Oh Yeah! That program!” that I need to move over to alternatives.
Basically, it’s time to “Piss on YouTube”. So I am.